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Classnotes

Updates on classmates


February 2012

50s
Robert Ray, M.D.,
MD ‘55, of Jaspen, Ala., reports that his lymphoma is in remission and he anticipates many happy years ahead.

Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D., MD ‘57, HS ‘63, emeritus professor of Medicine, has authored a book about his practice of internal medicine called “Stay with Me – Stories of a Black Bag Doctor.” A collection of 20 stories about his care of patients over a long and distinguished career, the book emphasizes the importance of staying with the patient until the end of his life. Through an entertaining combination of humor and emotion, Spickard gives an account unique to his specialty in infectious disease and addiction, and the manner in which he relates to his patients.

60s
Leon Bullard, M.D.,
MD ‘68, recently completed a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola, Chicago. He had been on the bioethics committee of the South Carolina Medical Association for many years, serving as chairman for about eight years. He currently serves as chair for his hospital’s clinical ethics committee. He retired from the practice of obstetrics in September and will devote most of his time to office gynecology and the clinical ethics consultation service.

Arthur Freeman III, M.D., MD ‘67, is serving as president of the Southern Psychiatric Association. He and his wife, Linda, live in Birmingham, Ala., and enjoy spending time with their children and five grandchildren. For the past two summers he has studied theology at the Oxford University, an experience he describes as challenging and enlightening.

Larry Parrott, M.D., HS ‘61, is in his 16th year of teaching at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine since retirement from MUSC in Charleston, S.C., and USC, in Columbia, S.C. He and Joy are blessed with six grandchildren from their three children. He and his son, Stephen, won the father-son golf championship and he won the Super Senior competition at Camden Country Club.

70s
Leland Albright, M.D.,
HS ‘70, and his wife Susan, a pediatric neurosurgery nurse practitioner, moved to Kijabe a year ago. Albright teaches neurosurgery residents who rotate at the Kijabe Hospital and trains one PNS fellow per year at what is among the largest spina bifida/hydrocephalus practices in the world. You can view their blog at www.susanandlelandinkijabe.blogspot.com.

Vic Baum, M.D., MD ‘74, has been named the first Frederic A. Berry M.D. Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia where he is also executive vice-chair of the department, chief of cardiac anesthesia and professor of pediatrics.

Steve Burnham, M.D., MD ‘72, HS ‘77, and his wife, Cathy, are Peace Corps volunteers in Belize where he serves as the rural health educator and works out of the Dangriga Polyclinic.

Jeffrey Carter, M.D., MD ‘78, HS ‘80, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the governing board of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. He represents the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

H. Edward Garrett, M.D., MD ‘79, was elected a Distinguished Fellow by the Society for Vascular Surgery during its Vascular Annual Meeting. This designation is bestowed upon an active, international or senior member of the Society for Vascular Surgery who has made substantial, sustained contributions in two of three categories. Garrett is the chief and program director, Division of Peripheral Vascular Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He is also a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

William Huddleston, M.D., MD ‘78, HS ‘97, and his wife, Peg, are living in New Zealand where he is working for a county mental health system south of Auckland as the designated crisis psychiatrist.

Stephen Jones, M.D., MD ‘78, was promoted to the rank of major general in the U.S. Army Medical Department. He is deputy commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, responsible for more than 37 military medical treatment facilities in the National Capital area with 284,000 enrolled beneficiaries.

Philip Lichtenstein, M.D., MD ‘76, has been named the first medical director of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. He assumed the position in July 2011, having been in private practice in northern Kentucky, where he served as a pediatrician for nearly 30 years.

Jose Ortiz, M.D., HS ‘76, FE ‘77, is a semi-retired orthopaedic surgeon, doing evaluations regarding orthopaedic problems in workers’ compensation patients and no-fault disability issues in Oviedo, Fla. His son Jose is an office manager with the House of Representatives; his daughter is a nurse anesthetist in Orlando, Fla., and his granddaughter Kelsey is in the eighth grade.

Robert Segraves, M.D., MD ‘71, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, has been appointed to S1 Pharmaceuticals’ Scientific Advisory Board. He will help guide the clinical development of S1’s lead product, Lorexys, as it prepares for clinical trials. S1 is an early-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutic solutions for disorders of women’s sexual health.

Richard Silver, M.D., MD ‘75, is co-editor of a new book “Case Studies in Systemic Sclerosis.” He has been on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for the past 30 years. He leads the Scleroderma Center and is currently serving as director of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology and interim chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC. His daughter Kate is a third-year resident at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Norman Spencer, M.D., MD ‘76, HS ‘80, is the medical director of Vanderbilt Integrated Providers Midsouth and recently published his second novel “Flu.”

Bedford Waters, M.D., MD ‘74, a urologist, was named to the U.S. News Media Group’s list of “Top Doctors” in September 2011. He was one of 10 Knoxville, Tenn., doctors named to the list, created from Castle Connelly’s database.

Robert Wilson, M.D., HS ‘74, a plastic surgeon in Greenville, S.C., for more than 30 years, semi-retired 12 years ago. He and his wife, Teresa, have two sons, Robert, 17, and Jay, 14. Wilson plays baseball, runs, gardens, travels and collects Renaissance Old Masters art.

 
80s
Francis Fesmire, M.D., MD ‘85, has published “Nashville Skyline,” an inspirational novel that deals with the pain of loss, one’s search for self, and questions God’s existence. Fesmire is a professor of emergency medicine and research director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He resides in Chattanooga, Tenn., with his wife and two children.

Arthur Fleischer, M.D., HS ‘80, FE ‘81, FAC ‘80-present, professor of radiology, has been named the new Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology.

Brian Gibler, M.D., MD ‘81, right, and Kevin Joseph, M.D., MD ‘01, who graduated 20 years apart, were both recently named to new positions at University of Cincinnati Health. Gibler is the president and CEO of University Hospital of Cincinnati and senior vice president of UC Health. Joseph is president and CEO of West Chester Hospital and senior vice president of UC Health.

Melissa Knuckles, M.D., HS ‘82, is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. She and husband, Bruce Burton, M.D., are Kentucky’s only husband/wife plastic surgeon/dermatologist.

Carol Porch, M.D., FE ‘86, HS ‘88, closed her solo pediatric practice in 2002 and has been doing medical consulting for the Social Security Administration, Department of Disability Services, in Birmingham, Ala., since 2006. She worked on the staff of Huntsville Hospital Pediatric ER in the intervening years.

Jeffrey Prinsell, D.M.D., M.D., MD ‘86, HS ‘88, received the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Distinguished Service Award. He is past president of AADSM, founding president of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and past chair of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) obstructive sleep apnea clinical interest group.

Dennis Wentz, M.D., FAC ‘88, has authored “Continuing Medical Education: Looking Back, Planning Ahead,” (Dartmouth College Press) the first comprehensive history of the field of continuing medical education in the United States and Canada. In June 2011 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Chicago’s Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association. He and his wife, Anne Wentz, M.D., FAC ‘80-’89, reside in Bozeman, Mont.

 
90s
George Hutton, M.D.,
MD ‘96, is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. He was recently appointed as the medical director of the Maxine Mesinger Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Charles Mayes, M.D., MD ‘95, joined the staff of Wesley Medical Center as a cardiologist after completing a residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas at Southwestern and a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Daniel McCarthy III, M.D., HS ‘95, has been in private practice for 16 years at the Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Ind. He is the director of anesthesia services and serves on the board of governors of the Daviess Community Hospital. He writes that he is grateful to Vanderbilt each and every day for all of the wonderful opportunities it has made possible for him. He and Kara celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in November 2011, and they have five sons.

Sandi Moutsios, M.D., HS ‘98, is the Med-Peds Program director at Vanderbilt, a position she assumed immediately after her residency. She serves as a preceptor for first-year medical students in the Foundations of the Profession, for second-year students in Physical Diagnosis and for third- and fourth-year students in clinic. She and her husband, Michael, have three sons - John, and twins William and Nicholas.

Jeff Sperring, M.D., MD ‘95, has been named president and chief executive officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Sperrin, 42, joined IU Health in 2002 and has served as chief medical officer of Riley at IU Health since 2009.

Henry Wilson, M.D., MD ‘96, and Caroline Ford were married July 23, 2011. She received a BA in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill and an MA in Art History from the University of South Carolina. She is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from UNC Charlotte. He completed general and plastic surgery residencies and a fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital and is in practice at Plastic Surgery Associates in Lynchburg, Va.

Rick Wright, M.D., HS ‘94, has been named the Dr. Asa C. and Mrs. Dorothy W. Jones Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Wright is a nationally recognized contributor in the field of sports medicine.

Darryl Zeldin, M.D., FE ‘93, has been named scientific director of the National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS). He will lead and manage a $114 million biomedical research program focused on discovering how the environment influences human health and disease. Zeldin is trained in internal medicine with a subspecialty in pulmonary and critical medicine. He has spent most of his career at NIEHS.

 
2000-
Ellika Bartlett, M.D.,
MD ‘09, and Shawn McGuire were married June 18, 2011. Bartlett is a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. McGuire is a mechanical engineer at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), a nonprofit based in Seattle.

Parul Bhatt, M.D., MD ‘06, is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Robert Browning, M.D., MD ‘08, and his wife, Krista, welcomed their first child, Madelyn Marie, on Sept. 12, 2011.

Jack Erter III, M.D., HS ‘07, and Noelle Daugherty were married Oct. 22, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. She is a pharmacist with CVS and he is a member of Tennessee Oncology, both in Nashville.

Elise Fallucco, M.D., MD ‘04, received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2011 Robinson Cunningham Award for the Best Paper by a Resident. Fallucco presented her paper, “Adolescent Depression and Suicide Risk Assessment: Training Pediatricians Using Standardized Patients,” at AACAP’s 58th Annual Meeting, Oct. 21, 2011.

Justin Gregg, VMS IV, and his girlfriend, Becky Blades, had the Vanderbilt football stadium to themselves when he proposed to her. She said ‘yes.’ The wedding is set for June 9.

Stuart Hannah, M.D., MD ‘00, is the program director for the Family Medicine Residency Baraboo Rural Training track for the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, a separately matched, accredited rural training track that offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of practice areas in a rural setting just 45 minutes north of Madison, Wis.

Catherine Hawley, M.D., MD ‘12, and John Phillips, M.D., MD ‘10, are engaged to be married in spring 2012. Phillips is completing a residency in radiation oncology at the Harvard Radiation Oncology program in Boston.

Danielle Holt, M.D., MD ‘05, is now a staff general surgeon at Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. She had a daughter, Lily, in 2011, and deployed to Afghanistan in October.

Carrie Holloway, M.D., HS ‘09-present, and Thomas Lind, M.D., HS ‘09-present, were married on Sept. 24, 2011, in Columbia, Tenn.

Mary Margaret Huizinga, M.D., MD ‘03, FE ‘07, has been appointed vice president of quality at LifePoint Hospitals. She came to LifePoint from McKinsey and Co.

Patricia Chu Klap, M.D., MD ‘00, HS ‘01, and her husband, Guido, welcomed the birth of their first child, Marco Willem, born on Aug. 4, 2011, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Caroline Knox, M.D., MD ‘09, and Michael Lindow, M.D., were married on Aug. 13, 2011, at Gateway Canyons resort in Gateway, Colo. They met during their fourth year in medical school while on an international rotation in India, setting up clinics in the Himalayas. They are completing their third year of residency in family medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

A. Everette James, M.D., FAC ‘00, former chairman of the Department of Radiology, has been elected to the board of the North Carolina Decoy Collectors Society. A longtime collector, writer and exhibitor, he was among the first to apply sophisticated radiological techniques to the evaluation of antique decoys.

Brandon Litzner, M.D., MD ‘10, started his dermatology residency in July 2011 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Matt Luther, M.D., MD ‘01, HS ‘02, FE ‘07 and his wife, Anna, welcomed a daughter, Allis McLean , on Aug. 17, 2011. She joins big brothers Marshall, 8, and Andrew, 4. Matt is a nephrologist at Vanderbilt.

Jason Mann, M.D., MD ‘08, has accepted an offer to serve as head of China pharma/health care within equity research at Barclays Capital.

Amy Morris Musiek, M.D., MD ‘04, HS ‘08, is an assistant professor of dermatology at Washington University, and her husband, Erik Musiek, M.D., MD ‘07, HS ‘08, started a fellowship in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University.

J.P. Norvell, M.D., MD ‘04, and Michael Hooper, M.D., MD ‘04, completed the Ironman triathlon in Wales in September 2011. Norvell is a transplant hepatology fellow and Northwestern. Hooper practices internal medicine and pulmonary medicine in Norfolk, Va.

Mario Nieto, M.D., MD ‘08, and Kirsten Gibbs Nieto, M.D., MD ‘08, are both chief residents at Baylor, he in anesthesiology and she in medicine-pediatrics. Kirsten will do an additional year as chief resident in internal medicine next year.

Frederick Ochieng, M.D., MD ‘10, HS ‘10, left, is doing his Med-Peds residency at Vanderbilt, and his brother, Milton Ochieng, M.D., MD ‘08, was interviewed by President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative 2011 opening plenary session in September. Their nonprofit agency, the Lwala community Alliance, is based in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health.

Ashit Patel, M.D., HS ‘11, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has joined Albany Medical Center’s Department of Surgery and has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at Albany Medical College.

Bett Pitchford, M.D., MD ‘04, HS ‘07, and Clovis Pitchford, M.D., MD ‘04, HS ‘08, welcomed a daughter, Madeleine Jane, born on June 24, 2011. The family resides in Kensington, Md.

Meeta Prasad, M.D., MD ‘01, HS ‘01, and Michael Kerlin were married Oct. 1, 2011, in Princeton, N.J. Prasad is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Kerlin is an associate principal in the Philadelphia office of McKinsey and Company.

Emily Shuman, M.D., MD ‘03, and her husband, Andrew, welcomed their son, Jonah McCallister, on Nov. 3, 2010. Shuman joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College in August 2011.

Megan Skorupa, M.D., HS ‘11-present, and Patrick Stevens, M.D., HS ‘11-present, were married May 27, 2011, in St. Louis.

Daniel Stover, M.D., MD ‘08, HS ‘08-present, chief resident in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt, is the recipient of this year’s Holt Young Physician Leadership Award presented by the Southern Medical Association.

Nicholas Tarola, M.D., HS ‘09, is a specialist in breast cancer reconstruction at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. Tarola completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia before coming to Nashville for fellowship training in plastic surgery at Vanderbilt.

Keli Turner, M.D., MD ‘08, and Antonio Haynes were married Sept. 3, 2011. Turner is a resident in general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Haynes is employed by Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors in Nashville.

Tomoharu Uchiyama, M.D., HS ‘07, married Shu Ying Kwan on May 23, 2011, at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Nathan Vanderford, Ph.D., FE ‘09, has been appointed deputy director of research for the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. In this leadership position, he will be responsible for the oversight, planning, development and evaluation of the Markey Cancer Center’s research enterprise.

Richard (Brick) Wall, M.D., MPH, HS ‘01, is in private practice near Seattle, where he specializes in pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders medicine. He is director of his hospital’s critical care unit and also has an appointment with the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Lisa White, M.D.,
MD ‘06, HS ‘06, joined the General Surgery department of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in September 2011, after completing a residency at Vanderbilt.

Amy Whigham, M.D., HS ‘05, is an assistant professor of pediatric otolaryngology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.
 

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